Elections to these states has been seen as a semifinal.

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: IED blast reported in Dantewada. Marking the beginning of the last round of crucial assembly elections.

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections: Polling under way amid heavy security

A total of 190 candidates are in the fray in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections in 18 constituencies considered a Moist hub

Opinion | Why phase-I of Chhattisgarh polls is important for BJP, Congress and third front

It will be a fascinating election as the third axis in the traditionally bipolar state may end up determining the winning horse

Chhattisgarh assembly elections 2018 LIVE: 14% voter turnout so far, polling by and large peaceful | chattisgarh elections | Hindustan Times Chhattisgarh assembly elections 2018 LIVE: 14% voter turnout so far, polling by and large peaceful

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018 LIVE updates: As the Maoist-hit state goes to polls today, the ruling BJP is eyeing a fourth straight term in the tribal-dominated state while the opposition Congress seeks to return to power after 15 years.

Voting on in 18 Chhattisgarh seats, red corridor key to saffron fortunes | chattisgarh elections | Hindustan Times Voting on in 18 Chhattisgarh seats, red corridor key to saffron fortunes

Chhattisgarh elections 2018: The ruling BJP and the Congress, which has launched an aggressive campaign to return to power after 15 years, are hopeful of a good showing in the first phase.

First phase polling begins in Chhattisgarh

Amid tight security, polling began at 7 a.m. on Monday in 10 of the 18 constituencies in the first phase to elect a new Chhattisgarh Assembly, officials said.

Chhattisgarh Assembly election 2018 LIVE updates: 10.7% voter turnout recorded till 10 am even as Naxals trigger IED to disrupt first phase of polling

Chhattisgarh Assembly election 2018 LIVE updates: 10.7% voter turnout recorded till 10 am in the first phase of polling, ANI reported. Watch LIVE News, Latest Updates, Live blog, Highlights and Live coverage online at firstpost.com.

Maoists kill BSF jawan in poll-bound Kanker 24 hours before polling

The explosion took place in a forest when a BSF team was out on an area domination operation in view of the polls on Monday.

BSF officer dies in blast by Maoists

Two BSF jawans were injured in Naxal attack in the same area on November 2.

Voting In Chhattisgarh's Maoist-Hit Belt As BJP Eyes 4th Term: 10 Points

Voting has started in 18 seats in the Maoist-hit areas of Chhattisgarh under heavy security cover, flagging off the last round of assembly polls before next year's general elections. The remaining 72 constituencies will vote on November 20. The Raman Singh government, which has been in power for three consecutive terms, is seeking a fourth mandate. The Congress hopes to recapture power claiming huge anti-incumbency. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's new party is also in fray, in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party. The Congress, which failed to seal a deal with the Dalit powerhouse, fears the combination will dent its chances.

Read more about Modi to hold 10 public meetings, seek votes for BJP in Madhya Pradesh on Business Standard. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will campaign for the BJP candidates in Madhya Pradesh, and hold 10 public meetings over 5 days in the poll-bound state.

.On behalf of the opposition Congress, senior leader and former chief minister Digvijay Singh was trying to persuade rebels to withdraw their candidatures, party sources said.